Robert Mondavi Winery Garden Party and Wine Pairing
On a warm spring evening surrounded by the sweet sounds of a solo guitarist, and sentimental stories from Margrit Mondavi about the life she shared with the late Robert Mondavi, while wine-ing and dining amongst the vines, watching the sun set, and soaking in the scents of the bountiful garden in bloom, it became quickly clear to me that this was not your garden variety dinner party.
On Tuesday, June 10, I was invited to an intimate dinner party hosted by the always charming Margrit Mondavi in honor of the inauguration of the “Piccolo” To Kalon Garden, which is exclusively devoted to the culinary arts.
The culinary garden, located on a little (“piccolo”) piece of the historic To Kalon Vineyard was renamed and given a new look under the expert eye of Winery Chef Jeff Mosher over a five-year revitalization project. This “little” piece of land is overflowing with seasonal, sustainable, farmed produce all year long and is exclusively used in the winery kitchen.
As a result of the revitalization effort by Mosher and his team, the garden now contains a delicious array of produce, herbs, assorted berries, fruit trees, limes and more. Sustainable farming practices in the garden such as: vermicomposting (worm farming), honey bees, composting and other environmentally-friendly protocols ensure the health of the garden, and deliver a bounty of flavorful ingredients to his door.
For over 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, CA has been at the forefront of creating delicious, seasonal recipes designed to perfectly complement the wines from its celebrated Napa Valley estate.
Margrit Mondavi, Vice President Cultural Affairs, Robert Mondavi Winery
“How wonderful that a little slice of the To Kalon Vineyard – a parcel that Bob loved so dearly — is devoted exclusively to the culinary arts and to dishes that are authentically of this wonderful place.”
To Kalon Garden Dedication Dinner Food & Wine Pairing
Garden Salad: Beets, radishes, carrots, fennel, amaranth, lettuces, flowers Porcini soil, goat cheese fondue, red beet puree
Wine Pairing: 2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Fume Blanc Reserve
Seared Five Dot Ranch Rib Eye: Summer squash, Farro, green onions, shelling peas, pesto, topped with Australian Truffles
Lemon Verbena Ice Cream: Lemon cake with mixed berries
Wine Pairing:2012 Robert Mondavi winery Moscato D’Oro (served frozen)
Guests are invited to experience the garden with the “Piccolo” To Kalon Garden to Table Tour, a special wine and cooking experience set in the vineyards. The tour begins with a walk through the gardens and harvest of in-season produce. Chef Mosher then leads guest through a cooking class using the garden-fresh ingredients. After the kitchen team adds the finishing touches you can enjoy a wine-pairing dinner al fresco with a view of the To Kalon Vineyard and Mayacamas Mountains.
The “Piccolo” To Kalon Garden to Table Tour is offered Thursday evenings, from now until October 31, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm (by appointment only). Tickets are $150 and are limited to 10 guests total. For more information visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com.
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